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The Narrow Cabinet: A Zombie Chronicle
Guernica Editions, Spring 2022
90 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771837170
ISBN10: 1771837179
$19.95 Canada, $17.95 US, £11.95 UK

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The Narrow Cabinet is a book about change, loss and the struggle to understand what the hell is going on in a world experiencing such rapid transformations. The movement is from (a) an old dispensation of tough minded, rugged living and surviving troubled times through (b) a narcissistic sinkhole of complacency leading ultimately to (c) a zombie apocalypse. That is the general trajectory, but the work itself complicates the tropes. The old dispensation is by no means a paradise, nor is it dealt with nostalgically. The seeds of all the trouble are there from the start. But there is something admirable in the strength and fearless grit we find during that phase. In the sinkhole phase, the voice flits between depressive angst and lunatic outrage as oppressive forces exert ever more stubborn pressure. Here the speaker begins seeking the cause of the trouble that worsens until ultimately manifesting as zombie culture.
"The hands that built the house I come from/ murdered two men and fled and fled again / over land and sea and ocean, from Old Europe / deep into the Laurentian Mountains."

Books by Asa Boxer

The Narrow Cabinet: A Zombie Chronicle